The Bubble House France
You have to love France, even with it's current social problems. France has culture, art and wonderful modern architecture which is still reasonably priced compared to the inflated prices of modern architecture in the USA. And, we will not complain about the food either! Du pain, du vin, du Boursin: the good life sure sounds interesting in France. This very futuristic looking Space Age house was build in the early 1970's, on a hilltop and surrounded by vineyards and woods. One of the kind. Light and intimacy. Open living spaces and separate cosy bedrooms. 180 m' for the ground floor anf 70 m' for the upper floor. Near a village, 20 km from Vaison la Romaine.
Listed for only: 525,000.00 Euro.
Muriel Auclert Immobilier
Phone/Fax: 011 33 1 39 16 10 10
Update April 2009: after much research we now know that this home was designed by notable French architect Pascal Hausermann.
Konstantin Grcic Cubist Sidetables
The Diana series numbered from A to F allow you to create your own art installation. Side table? Cubist Sculpture? Lectern? Notebook stand? Reference library? Konstantin Grcic's new series of sheet metal tables is open to a wide range of interpretations and uses and, most importantly, to the imagination. Just as words are built from letters, the Diana tables combine with other furniture and objects in ever-varying visual contexts. With the Diana alphabet from A to F, a living room can be transformed to a CAFE or to a word from an entirely new, entirely personal language. iF Award Winner & reddot Award Winner. Madey by Classicon in Germany.
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Asono Mica MP3 Player Japan
This Space Age looking pendant was just released by Cibone in Japan. Designed by the design office "norwaysays". Available in white, black or red, this very futurustic looking object listens to the name "Asono Mica". It also features a built-in FM tuner with global tuning, a microphone built-in recorder, a karaoke function and special sound effects. Furthermore, it has a super light weight of only 46.5g. This would have been a beautiful addition in Kubrick's 2001. Currently only available in Japan.
Rocio Romero Modern Prefab LV Series Homes
Rocio Romero is the owner of Rocio Romero LLC. She is the designer as well as builder of her prefab designs. Rocio received her Masters of Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Design with a major in Architecture from UC Berkeley. The Rocio Romero Prefab LV Series homes are surprisingly affordable (base model starts at just $33,900) and we love their sleek minimal look.
The LV series is a modern line of homes designed and manufactured by Rocio Romero. The LV series has been thoughtfully designed to enhance a modern lifestyle that is connected to nature. We provide you with factory built kit components for the exterior shell which is built on site by a general contractor.
The LV series kit homes first started with the LV home (Standard LV); it is the second LV prototype designed and built by Rocio Romero. Romero's other LV unit designs have been developed to provide additional options while maintaining the same style and design as the original LV. All of the units have a standard width of 25'-1, but vary in size because of the difference in the length. We have three standard types of foundations for you to choose from: crawlspace, basement, and/ or slab on grade. Each unit can be customized to meet your specific taste and needs, you can chose from several exterior siding options as well as reconfigure interior and exterior walls. The LV units were designed to be built individually and/or combined to create a larger home or compound.
Design Principles: Simple, Quality, Green, and Space
Our firm is committed to simplicity. We rigorously employ the principles of minimalism. Our designs produce comfortable spaces with balanced proportions and clean lines that promote natural air and light. Our manufacturing and construction solutions make for simpler construction and more affordable building.
We are committed to quality. We have designed our homes to meet the most stringent of engineering requirements, giving our homes the best structural performance. We use the very best materials for all of our prefabricated components. We inspect every prefabricated component to verify that it is built to our specifications. We provide your contractor with a free help line to ensure timely answer to any questions that may arise during the building process
Our designs are environmentally friendly. We embrace the beauty of the landscape by visually bringing the outdoors in. We use environmentally friendly materials and we employ prefabricated systems to minimize used resources. We design our homes to be energy efficient and flat pack our products to minimize the space required for shipping, using less fuel and creating fewer truck emissions. We work together with our customers to come up with creative green solutions that offer cleaner air as well as consume less energy, such as solar power, radiant heating and swamp coolers.
Great design should be timeless and comfortable. It's about thoughtful quality not quantity. Rocio Romero focuses on producing elegant, strait-forward design that maximizes your visual connection to the landscape while minimizing the overall footprint of the home.
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Paul Zanetti's fabulous modern home in Queensland, Australia.
We were shocked to see the pictures of this beautiful modernist gem. Truly picture perfect! Owned by a very likeable Paul Zanetti and located in Queensland, Australia. Mr. Zanetti who is a famous editorial cartoonist has been collecting modern icons for over 20 years. His collection includes this fabulous modern home, a collection of high-end 20th century design and a fabulous Cadillac from the 1950's, a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible and believed to be the only survivor in the world with all the most sought after and most desirable factory specs. Mr. Zanetti admits he counts his lucky stars every day! Reason enough for us to move to Queensland right away!
Mark Bean, Photographer.
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George Nelson Spindle Clock
We were browsing the George Nelson archive and found this amazing Spindle clock which, according to the George Nelson archive, was made by Howard Miller in 1948 . This clock is among the largest clocks designed by George Nelson and Associates. The George Nelson Spindle clock measures 22.75" in diameter. The clock is now back in production through Vitra from Germany and can be purchased online from nova68.com. If you prefer to have an original vintage Howard Miller clock, you should check with wright20.com.
About the George Nelson archive:
Free research on the following: information about the George Nelson Biography, learn about the history of George Nelson Associates, info on Authorship such as who designed what, an interesting production Time Line, original George Nelson Quotes , Production and Historic Facts of Interest, Original Vintage Advertising, information on Howard Miller and Herman Miller, answers to commonly asked questions, the connection with Charles and Ray Eames, a wonderful collection of Howard Miller Clocks, the new line of Vitra Clocks, as well as the complete product line including lighting, furniture, art and more. The George Nelson Archive welcomes any additional information that can be added.
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Marcel Wanders Big Shadow Floor Lamps
Among Wanders' most celebrated creations which enhance today's lifestyle is his luminescent Shadow Lamp Collection. The beautiful Shadow Lamps provide a classic and stylish atmosphere and are ideal for both formal and informal settings. The Shadow Lamp comprises a metal structure with a white cotton lamp shade. The Shadow Lamp collection is available in three sizes.
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The Hale Home, Boise ID
Modern Architecture is now even available in Idaho!
The Hale Home is a triumph of architecture and design. Its stucco, color-stamped concrete, and metal roof frame the structure and give it a uniquely modern appearance. TREX decking and brushed aluminum hand-railings finish the outside of the home and complement its modern aesthetic. Also visible from the outside is an attached two-car, oversized garage with a mahogany door.
Inside, the home continues to cunningly blend modern functionality and style, tastefully presenting its maple cabinetry and doors, bamboo flooring, and granite counters. Recessed lighting and hidden passage doors give the inside of the home a distinct feel that splendidly mixes comfort with an element of mystery. The kitchen offers GE Monogram appliances, a gas range, and dove-tail jointed cabinets finished in contemporary Asian styling.
The Hale Home offers a complete range of amenities. From a 70-gallon water heater to a gas fireplace in the master bedroom, the Hale Home has been designed with an emphasis on luxury and comfort. To this end, the master bedroom features vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets, A-Bus audio system, and carpeted floors. Attached to the master bedroom is a bathroom complete with dual vanity vessel sinks, dual showers, iridescent mosaic tiles and limestone floors heated through radiant heat flooring.
801 W Main Street
Boise, ID 83702
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James R. Harlan, Architect
Created by James R. Harlan, Architect Built in 2004 on a 4,480 square foot site.
Stunning 3,600 sq ft classic modern loft-style home in Manhattan Beach designed by James R. Harlan with architectural elements similar to those found in NYC penthouse lofts. Like living in a dramatic work of art. The ground level features sweeping sculptured walls, limestone floors, bright, airy dining/entertainment area with well-equipped gourmet Kitchen, FR, Bonus Room, and Guest Bedroom. Brazilian cherry floors grace the upper level featuring two more spacious bedrooms, laundry, and huge Master with Bonus Room which could become an office, private gym, or library. Other amenities include motorized sky windows, custom lighting, and custom built-in cabinets throughout. Heavy-duty, energy-efficient construction. Oversized two-car garage with plenty of storage. On-site parking for 4 more vehicles.
On the market for: $2,618,000
950 Artesia Blvd.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Eero Aarnio Pastilli Chair
Authentic Eero Aarnio Pastilli chair designed by Eero Aarnio in 1967. This chair is also known as the Gyro or Pastil chair. The Pastilli Chair received the American Industrial Design-Award in 1968 and can be found in numerous museum collections. The New York Times wrote about the Ball Chair and Pastil Chair at this time: "the most comfortable forms to hold up the human body", and the Conran's Design Dictionary says "they look like essays in period style, perhaps from Barbarella". The Pastilli can be used both indoors and outdoors, and it even floats on water! The Pastilli chair gives a new, extraordinary idea of what a rocking chair is. It is amazing how comfortable one can sit a in such a shiny, oversized "sweetie" slightly turning and rocking side-, back- and forwards.
Eero Aarnio about the Pastili Chair: "The Pastil shape can be looked at from many angles. The initial idea could be the same as in a Screw Table i.e. the product shape comes from a small sweetie, pastil, but in this case the idea was, that a lot of empty, cushioned space is sent to the other side of the world inside the Ball Chair. A new round chair would fit in this space, and so the diameter of the Pastil is the same as the opening of the Ball Chair. I made the first prototype out of polystyrene which helped me to verify the measurements, ergonomics and rocking ability.
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Aziz Sariyer: Bubble Storage Unit
Derin Design, Macka Istanbul, imported from Europe.
With it's pure modern form, the Bubble Storage Unit could easily dual as a stand alone sculpture. This wonderful modern aluminum storage unit on casters was designed by Aziz Sariyer for Derin Design. Aziz Sariyer is the designer for brands like Cappellini, Moroso, Zeritalia, Sica and others.
The Bubble Storage Unit is made of matt lacquered aluminum, the inner side with phosporic paint available in six colors (pink, green, red, yellow, orange and ark blue). The unit features four shelves in clear glass with top and bottom ones in the same color of the inner side.
The Bubble Storage Unit has casters so you can move it freely from space to space.
Derin is a fantastic new high end modern furniture line from Europe. We are proud to carry the complete Derin line for North America, by far the most striking modern collection we have seen in recent years. The Derin collection is characterized primarily by its understated simplicity, but also by its well defined lines and sense of movement. The Derin collection is highly suitable for luxurious residential- and high end commercial projects.
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Wendell Storm Mod Twiggy Mirror
Fantastic reflective Mod Mirror, available in small or large! Graphic op art image of 60's mod model "Twiggy"! Featured in "Time Out New York". Designed by Wendell Storm for Spazia. This captivating Mod Mirror is both functional and beautiful, use it as a mirror and art work at the same time! Silkscreened PVC with brushed metal frame. Twiggy was born in north London on September 19th, 1949. She was named "The Face of '66" by the Daily Express. In the mid 60's at 16 years of age, Twiggy became internationally known as the world's first supermodel, her photographic modelling success epitomising the age.
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Twiggy was born in north London on September 19th, 1949. She was named "The Face of '66" by the Daily Express. In the mid 60's at 16 years of age, Twiggy became internationally known as the world's first supermodel, her photographic modelling success epitomising the age.
Twiggy went on to become a successful actress in film, stage and television, beginning her acting career by starring in Ken Russell's film "The Boyfriend", for which she won two Golden Globe awards; most promising newcomer and best actress in a musical. She has recorded many albums since, encompassing a variety of styles including pop, rock, country and show tunes that have earned her two silver discs.
Twiggy had considerable success with her own variety series for the BBC and her portrayal of Eliza Doolitle in Yorkshire TV's production of "Pygmalion" was highly praised. She then had outstanding success in the Tony Award winning Gershwin musical "My One and Only". The musical ran for nearly two years and she was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance.
Twiggy continued to act in film and TV in the U.S. and U.K. with parts in "The Doctor and the Devils", "Club Paradise", "The Blues Brothers", "The Little Match Girl", and "Young Charlie Chaplin" to name but a few. In 1988 Twiggy married British Actor/Director Leigh Lawson who starred with her and Shirley MacLaine in "Madame Sousatzka" directed by John Schlesinger.
The 90's launched her into a career as TV presenter and interviewer with her own ITV series 'Twiggy's People', interviewing amongst others, Dustin Hoffman, Lauren Bacall, Tom Jones, Joan Rivers, Eric Idle and Tim Curry. In 2001, Twiggy recorded a second TV series for the ITV network 'Take Time With Twiggy', interviewing such stars as Lulu, Ken Russell and Frederick Forsyth.
She co-produced and starred in the critically acclaimed, "If Love Were All" in New York directed by Leigh Lawson. Her autobiography, "Twiggy In Black and White" entered the bestseller list and her new album Midnight Blue was released to lauded reviews in the music press. Her timeless beauty transcends the decades and she continues to model, featuring on the cover of numerous magazines, "Vogue", "Tatler" etc.Twiggy is an ardent supporter of animal welfare through numerous societies - an anti fur campaigner, and is known also for her support of breast cancer research groups.
Chrome Space Age Panels
These Chrome Space Age Panels make an incredible lasting impression for any luxurious residence or commercial interior like a hotel, restaurant, corporate entrance, etc. Build your own Space Ship Room or Reflection Pool! These panels are very much like Verner Panton designs from the same period and the Panton inspired interior of Lenny Kravitz. Strongly decorative in character, they can be used for both wall and ceiling.
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Space Age era: The period commonly referred to as the "Space Age" took place in four years, the period between 1968-1972. It found it's origin with the preparation and the actual landing on the moon in 1969. Round shapes like the astronaut's helmet gave inspiration to designers everywhere. Who doesn't remember the Videosphere, Weltron or Panapet? Space Age design ruled the world during the following years. Living through these fantastic years between 1968 and 1972 felt like a gold rush. But the oil crisis of 1973 closed the doors of the Space Age party. The period when the world turned to plastic for it's every day needs left us with mind dazzling and free spirited creations from designers like Verner Panton, Olivier Mourgue, Joe Colombo, Eero Saarinen, Eero Aarnio and many more. Critics now look back to this period and recognize it was one of the most important periods of 20th century design.
Angelo Mangiarotti Space Clock
Our absolute favorite! This fantastic and super luxurious clock was designed by Angelo Mangiarotti in 1956. He actually created this clock for an Italian Luxury Yacht. If you got an eye for good design, you will fall in love with it on first sight. This is not a clock you want to put in a corner, rather, it deserves full center piece attention. The quality of this clock is amazing and you will find nothing that will come close. The base of the clock is actually high quality porcelain! The clockwork mechanism consists of metal and the clock lid is made of solid acrylic glass. This is the same durable quality they used to produce them in during the 1950's!
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Charles Deaton Key Savings and Loan Association (now Colonial Bank)
This futuristic looking commercial building is located in Englewood, Colorado.
It was created by architect Charles Deaton in the early 1960's and still stands today.
Charles Deaton is the architect of the famous "Sculptured House" near Denver, Colorado.
The "Sculptured House" was made famous by Woody Allen's Sleeper movie.
A wonderful architect that remains mostly undiscovered.
Born in Clayton, New Mexico in 1921. The first home Charles Deaton can remember is a tent. He was only three when his family of five moved from Arkansas to a 10-acre farm in Oklahoma, with all their possessions loaded in a wagon, pulled by a horse and followed by a cow. Before they finished building a simple one-room house on their new farm, the Deaton family would spend two winters living in a tent on the open Oklahoma plains. The youngest occupant of that tent went on to become a self-taught but internationally-acclaimed architect, as well as an industrial designer, sculptor and inventor. Young Charles delivered newspapers in order to buy books and clothing for high school and to buy supplies to teach himself commercial art at night. By age 16, he was supporting himself entirely from his newfound craft. A specialist in commercial rather than residential architecture, Deaton has designed projects in 36 states and Canada, including the Wyoming National Bank in Casper and the Key Savings Building in Denver. He also was architect for the two-stadium Harry S. Truman Sports Complex in Kansas City.
Alvar Aalto Savoy Vase
The super modern Savoy line was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1937 for Iittala, Finland. A stylish accent on your table, even when it is not being used! The renowned "Aalto" or "Savoy" line represents the best of aesthetic sophistication in Finnish design. Architect Alvar Aalto's original, unconventional design continues to win awards over 50 years after its debut. Entirely plain but shaped with free organic curves to provide decorative interest, this vase was one of a series by Alvar Aalto that introduced a new abstract vocabulary into glass design, a development that art critics have attributed both to the designer's fondness for natural forms and to the influence of such surrealist artists as Jean Arp. Sometimes known as the Savoy vase from its use in the Savoy restaurant in Helsinki, which Aalto built in 1937, this piece and others in the series took First Prize in a competition sponsored by the Finnish manufacturer Karhula-Iittala in 1936. The competition aimed to find new tableware and art-glass designs for the International Exhibition in Paris in 1937, where these pieces were first exhibited.
About Alvar Aalto:
Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was born in Kuortane, Finland. He studied architecture at the Technical University of Helsinki from 1916 to 1921 when he went to work as an exhibition designer, art critic and contributor to the Finnish journal Käsiteollisuus. He turned, professionally, to architecture in 1923 and, starting around 1924, designed several cafés and student centers for his school. He also created bedroom furniture sets for his classmates, mostly in the "Light Classical" style. He became a member of the Congrès Internationaux D'Architecture Moderne in 1928.
As an architect and designer he was one of the early ambassadors of Finnish design to the rest of the world, designing the Finnish pavilion at the Paris World Exposition in 1937 and the New York World's Fair in 1939. His joint design, with Erik Bryggman, for the 1929 Turku Fair was also instrumental in ushering in an era of functionalism in Finland. Their open plan, which utilized a modular system of prefabricated wood elements, embraced the functionalist ideal of a close connection to the landscape and extensive use of natural, abundant materials. His later furniture designs further support the basic tenets of functionalism-- that industrially mass-produced, inexpensive, practical, well-made, beautiful objects would spread social equality and a culture the masses could participate in and enjoy.
In 1929 he and Otto Korhonen started an experimental plywood workshop in Turku where he developed the methods which he would later apply towards his most important innovation in furniture design which was the "bent knee." In this process, for which he obtained a patent throughout most of the world, a piece of solid birch wood, the most abundant natural resource in Finland, is manipulated so that it can be bent at any desired angle. This technique enabled him to create what he felt was "the world's first soft wooden chair."
In 1935, Aalto, his wife Aino Marsio-Aalto with whom he worked closely, and Harry and Marie Gullichsen founded a furniture design company called Artek. Artek's chief goal was to advertise and sell products designed by Aalto, but their gallery also supported and promoted modern art and the work of designers influenced by Aalto. Another major company importing and selling Aalto's furniture around the word was Finmar, started by P. Morton Shand in England.
Between 1954 and 1957 an exhibition entitled, "Design in Scandinavia" toured America and cemented the reputation that designers from the Scandinavian countries had been building for themselves as leaders in international design. The Finnish designers garnered praise for their work--primarily in wood and glass-- and Aalto's art glass, particularly his vases, were heavily featured in the show. In 1957 Aalto was awarded a gold medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects.Available online from:
Mies van der Rohe D 42 Bauhaus Armchair
This Bauhaus Icon is available through nova68.com. Designed by Mies van Der Rohe for the Bauhaus in 1927! The wicker-work for the chair was created by Lilly Reich, assistant to Mies Van Der Rohe. One of the better, if not best Icons of Modern Design! This is the authentic and fully authorized edition by Tecta. This chair is one of the classics in the history of furniture. The D 42 armchair fits well in the domestic setting but can also be used in waiting areas or corporate environments. Bauhaus became a dominant force in architecture and the applied arts in the 20th century. The main theory was that all design should be functional as well as aesthetically-pleasing.
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About Mies Van Der Rohe:
Born in Aachen, Germany in 1886 as Ludwig Mies, he worked in his father's stone-carving shop before he moved to Berlin and joined the office of Bruno Paul. He worked at the design studio of Peter Behrens from 1908 to 1912, where he was exposed to the current design theories and to progressive German culture.
A physically imposing, deliberative, and reticent man, the talented Ludwig Mies renamed himself as part of his rapid transformation from a tradesman's son to an architect working with Berlin's cultural elite, adding the more aristocratic surname "van der Rohe". He began his independent professional career designing upper class homes in traditional Germanic domestic styles. He admired the broad proportions and cubic volumes of early nineteenth century Prussian Neo-Classical architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel, while dismissing the eclectic and cluttered classical of the turn of the century .
But after World War I, Mies began to turn away from traditional styles, and joined his avant-garde peers in the search for a new style for a new era. The traditional styles were long under attack by progressive theorists since the mid-nineteenth century, primarily for attaching ornament unrelated to a modern structure's underlying construction. Their criticism gained substantial cultural credibility after the disaster of WW I, widely seen as a failure of the imperial leadership of Europe. The classical revival styles were reviled by many as the architecture of the now-discredited aristocratic system. Boldly abandoning ornament altogether, Mies made a dramatic splash with his stunning proposal for an all-glass skyscraper in 1921, and continued with a series of brilliant pioneering projects, culminating in the temporary German Pavilion for the Barcelona exposition in 1929 (a reproduction is now built on the original site) and the elegant Villa Tugendhat in Brno, Czech Republic, completed in 1930.
Mies worked with the radical magazine G which started in July 1923. He developed prominence as architectural director of the Werkbund, organizing the influential Weissenhof prototype housing project. He was influenced by the aesthetic credos of both Russian Constructivism and the Dutch De Stijl group, and was impressed by the Prairie Style work of Frank Lloyd Wright. He joined the faculty of the Bauhaus school, teaching architecture. He designed modernist furniture pieces that have become popular classics, such as the Barcelona chair and table, and the Brno chair.
Mies adopted an ambitious lifelong mission to create not only a new style, but also a new architecture that would represent a new epoch just as Gothic architecture did for the middle ages. But the world-wide economic depression and the rise of the Nazis interrupted his quest.
In the 1930s Mies served briefly as the last Director of the faltering Bauhaus, at the request of his friend and competitor Walter Gropius. Nazi political pressure forced Mies to close the school, a victim of its previous association with socialism, communism, and other progressive ideologies. He built very little in that decade (his major built commission was Philip Johnson's New York apartment), his style rejected by the Nazis as not "German" in character. He left his homeland reluctantly in 1937 as he saw his opportunity for future building commissions vanish, accepting a residential commission in Wyoming and then an offer to head an architectural school in Chicago. When he arrived in the United States after 30 years of practice in Germany, his reputation as a pioneer of modern architecture was already established by American promoters of the international style.
Mies Van Der Rohe Morris Greenwald House
11 Homeward Lake
Rarely does an architectural masterpiece become available for sale. So please forgive us when we list an excessive amount of pictures since we hope that by posting them, they can be safeguarded for future reference for many years to come. This unique home was designed by legendary architect Mies Van Der Rohe. Renovated and complimented with two additional structures by famed architect Peter L. Gluck. Walls of glass allow you to embrace the enclave of sloping lawns, bluestone patios and stone walls on 5.4 acres along 800 feet of a CT river. The home is in impeccable condition. Truly an exceptional property. Designed by Mies Van Der Rohe in 1960. Interesting to know is that we found out that Mies Van Der Rohe and Philip Johnson had a partnership in New York City on 219 East 44th Street "Mies Van Der Rohe and Philip Johnson Architects".
Rooms: 11 · Bedrooms: 5 · Baths: 3 full / 2 half · Style: Contemporary, See Remarks · Year Built: 1956 · Garage: 2-car · Heating: Oil · Cooling: Central Air · Basement: Partial, Finished · Approx Sq. Feet: 4,900 · Est. Taxes: $24,565
Offered at $6,500,000
William Raveis International
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE designed a small house in 1955 for a site on a Connecticut river, one of only three built by the architect in the United States. His client was the brother of a Chicago developer who had commissioned Mies’ great apartment project on Lake Shore Drive. Family ties did not end here. The little house incorporated into its façades the same pattern of mullion and glass used in the Chicago apartments – suburbanized with a coat of white paint – and even used surplus materials from the Chicago job site.
This borrowing was no simple economy. Rather, it was expressive of a central preoccupation. Mies, the great apostle of “less is more,” was a Classicist, a believer in universal values, and his was a search not for variety but for perfection. The Connecticut house not only resembled the Lake Shore apartments, it was a virtual twin to a 1951 row-house design meant as a prototype for urban mass housing (a vision, it seems, that fired the enthusiasm only of the rich). But even beyond such similarities as these, it is the hallmark of the Miesian system that every work accomplished according to its rules is a little summa, making conspicuous in all its parts the tents underlying its construction. In the Connecticut house, the simple plan, with its unimpeded flow of space, the reliance on a gridded geometry, the frank, unadorned use of materials, the penchant for glass and steel, are not just immediate particulars but emblems of a life’s work.
The property changed hands, and New York architect Peter Gluck was hired to add guest quarters, entertainment space, and a pool to the compact original, which together would considerably exceed the size of the existing house. Gluck’s was a double challenge. First, he faced the preservationist imperatives of dealing with an impeccable given. And second, he was to be designing a response to a specific architectural ethic now widely seen as barren of domestic charm. Fortuitously, this latter difficulty pretty much solved itself. The new owner was looking less for a comfy primary domicile than for a place to entertain, not for domestic
privacies but for poolside party pavilions that would take full advantage of a lovely wooded site. It was a set of requirements that virtually invited glass houses, and Gluck – responding to the scale and spirit of the original – provided two.
Luigi Colani Rotorhaus
An avant-garde architectural project by Luigi Colani (Switzerland) for HANSE HOUSE (Germany). This modernist gem features lots of fiberglass while it's outside is made with wood. 36 m2 of actual floor space features a cylinder with rotor technology which allows you to change the same rotor cylinder from kitchen to bath to sleeping area when turned. Place saving, functional and economical. HANSE HOUSE tells us that this is just a prototype for now and that no mass produced units are available yet. The prototype however can be visited in Germany.
It has been Luigi Colani's idea to design a house showing minimum interior measurements and maximum space to live in. This conception is realised by assigning the approx. 18 sqm big living room to three different functional areas, each of these about 2 sqm big.
These functional areas „bathroom“ „kitchen“ and „sleeping room“ are located in a movable rotor. The needed functional area is being moved around so that its opening is connected with the living area.
This means, that one of the three functional areas, which is accesible from the living room, is part of this room. So you get a 20 sqm bathroom, a 20 sqm sleeping room and a 20 sqm kitchen. And in total, this means together with a separate toilet and the corridor, there is an overall living space to live of: 3 times 20 sqm plus 7 sqm = 67 sqm instead of the 36 sqm resulting from the original 6 to 6 meters layout.
One goal of the cooperation between Luigi Colani and Hanse Haus is to show that it is possible to realize individual designs, exceptional ideas and unusual forms in the construction of pre-manufactured homes.
For this reason we got in touch with Luigi Colani since he is famous and wellknown for his innovative ideas and for shaping his designs in round forms.
And in addition, this year Luigi Colani is celebrating his „50th Design Anniversary“ on the occasion of an exhibition of his work in Karlsruhe.
We hope that the attention of a broad audience will be drawn to the fact, that premanufactured construction of timber frame houses does not mean - just contrary to the opinion of many others- to choose a house from a catalogue. And on the contrary again, almost all kind of wishes and ideas from the customers can be realized, no matter how exceptional these wishes are.
Creativity and pre-manufacture are not contradicting each other, as can be clearly seen in the case of the Rotor House.
The showhouse is located at the headquarters of HANSE HAUS in Oberleichtersbach, Bavaria (a small Village 100 km east of Frankfurt). It is opened for public visitors like the other 6 showhouses placed near by.
At the moment the Luigi Colani Rotorhaus is a unique study. So it is not possible to built this house for customers.
Inside Dimensions: 6 mtrs. X 6 mtrs.
Walls: premanufactered „HANSE HAUS“ wall, d = 21 c
with horizontal profiled boards, made of oil treated,
Canadian red cedar wood
Diameter of the rotor: 3.75 mtrs.
Weight of the rotor: approx. 800 kgs
HANSE HAUS GMBH
Tel. (0 97 41) 8 08-4 76
Fax (0 97 41) 8 08-4 79